Soldiers at Fort Carson, Colorado, are receiving new uniforms for their deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Army’s ACU Uniform is the latest in the growing trend of civilian military uniforms.
The ACU has come under criticism from some military leaders who say they are not properly equipped for the challenges of serving in Iraq and are not up to the demands of war.
The Air Force, which also received its ACU uniforms last year, is now offering a range of new uniforms to its soldiers for the upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.
“This is not an overnight decision,” said Lt.
Gen. John D. McInerney, the Air Force’s deputy commander for operations.
“It’s a very, very small percentage of the total number of soldiers who will be deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq, and we’ve got to do this right.”
The ACU was created in the early 2000s by a coalition of military leaders, including Gen. Michael Flynn, who headed the U.S. Special Operations Command at the time.
It has been criticized for being poorly-fitting and insufficiently padded.
But Army officials say the new uniforms are still the best available option.
“The ACUs are designed to be as close to a combat-ready combat suit as possible,” said Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley.
“This is a great way to start and it’s also the best way to give our soldiers the best combat gear they can have.
We’re taking a very small number of the troops out there, but we’re putting them in a position to fight, to win.”
The Army also released a new camouflage uniform in April.
The new uniform features the Army’s signature white helmet.
Army officials said it will cost between $10 and $12 per pair.